WAYNE ROONEY is odds-on to be the next Derby manager to replace the under-fire Phillip Cocu.
SunSport revealed Rooney is being lined up to take the reins at Pride Park.
Ladbrokes have cut Rooney to just 5/6 to be the next Rams boss.
It's believed Cocu could be sacked in a matter of days if Derby suffer their fourth defeat of the season to Watford on Friday.
Rooney joined Derby in January this year as player-coach on an 18-month contract — with a further one-year option.
But there's a strong chance Rooney could be promoted to manager within a year of joining the club.
Rooney insisted he always planned to become a boss one day, and revealed on arriving at Championship club Derby: “I’ve always been interested in it.
“When Louis van Gaal was manager at United, Ryan Giggs was analysing the opponents and I used to go in there for a few hours after training.”
Rooney would follow in the footsteps of former England teammate Frank Lampard if he is to become Derby boss.
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